Gimli

Gimli
Gimli is a community located in the Rural Municipality of Gimli and situated on the west side of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. The community was first settled by Icelandic settlers as part of the New Iceland settlement in Manitoba. The community maintains a strong connection to Iceland and Icelandic culture today, including the annual Icelandic Festival. Originally incorporated as a village on March 6, 1908, Gimli held town status between December 31, 1946 and January 1, 2003 when it amalgamated with the RM of Gimli. Census Canada now recognizes the community as a population centre for census purposes. The Canada 2016 Census recorded a population of 2,246 in the urban centre of Gimli. The original town settlers sustained themselves primarily off of agriculture and fishing. Gimli maintains a strong connection to the lake today, tourism has played a part in the town's current economic sustainability. Gimli Beach is a popular spot in the summer while the Gimli Harbour is the largest harbour on Lake Winnipeg and in Western Canada between Ontario and the Pacific Coast.